Canadian college installing $9.1 million geothermal field
Canada’s Durham College plans to install a geothermal system to heat and cool one of its largest buildings.
The project is part of a larger effort to institute energy upgrades at the school.
The $9.1 million geothermal field will be located on the site of the current Simcoe Building, which will be torn down this summer, reports Durham Region. Another $1.45 million in funding will be used to complete upgrades of existing Durham College facilities, such as LED lighting and high-efficiency HVAC systems.
Three hundred boreholes will be drilled into the ground and connected to a piping network and heat pump plant. Once completed early in the spring of 2019, the geothermal field will look like a regular green space.
Initially, it will be used to heat and cool the Gordon Willey Building. Eventually, the system will include other campus buildings as funding becomes available.
In addition to the environmental benefits, the geothermal field and heat pump plant will provide real-life learning opportunities for Durham College students studying green energy, officials said.
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